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Convention-al Wisdom: Size Matters

Convention centers throughout Southern California and the nation battle in a never-ending contest to win the business of everyone from comic book geeks to medical device makers.

Costa Mesa Firm’s Route to Hollywood Runs SXSW

Hotel Conference Producers Take Bow at Austin Film Festival

There’s no business like show business, suggests the popular tune by Irving Berlin.

Pacifica’s Play: Stay at Beach, Add Services

HOSPITALITY: Hotel operator looks to grow management services

Investing in coastal properties has been a no-brainer for Pacifica Hotels ever since 1993, when it got started in Santa Barbara as the hotel investment and management wing of private equity firm Invest West Financial Corp.

Thumbs Up, ‘Hands Down’ for New Merage School Dean

Eric Spangenberg must be feeling plenty flattered over the recruiting job done by UCI to land him as dean for its Paul Merage School of Business.

DJM Hears Skeptics, Gets ‘Aggressive’ on Pacific City

REAL ESTATE: Joins list of OC retail projects in works

DJM Capital Partners Inc. has more than a big hole to fill along Pacific Coast Highway when it comes to its long-awaited Pacific City retail project in Huntington Beach.

10 OC Residents Make Top Billionaire List

Ten of Orange County’s wealthiest were named on Forbes’ latest list of top billionaires in the world.


Banc of California in Irvine acquired RenovationReady in Greenwood Village, Colo. on undisclosed terms. RenovationReady provides home-renovation lending services. Its president and co-founder, Jim Fraser, will join the bank as senior vice president and director of construction and renovation lending.

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Freedom to Consolidate Spanish-Language Weeklies

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. plans to consolidate two Spanish-language weekly newspapers into a zoned, regional publication called Unidos en el Sur de California.

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Anaheim/OC Visitor Bureau Adds to Sales Staff

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau announced a raft of additions to its sales department as part of a plan to beef up local and national sales.

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JWA’s Cabo Service Set for Switch to Southwest

AirTran Airways' service from John Wayne Airport to Cabo San Lucas will switch carriers in August.

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Freedom Sells Dailies in High Desert

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc.’s plans to sell the Daily Press in Victorville and the Desert Dispatch in Barstow to New Media Investment Group Inc. in New York for $8 million.

Oakley’s Next Brand Plan

Seeks Ad Shop For Estimated $100M Campaign to Highlight Company Culture

Oakley Inc. is looking for an advertising agency to handle the creative work on a global marketing campaign that will give an inside view of the $1.5 billion eyewear and apparel brand.

Burress by the Hour; Doti’s Roadmap; Bealls’ Starry Night

Jay Burress had a lot of good news to go over on his first full year as president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

New Emulex Chair; McCluney to Octane

TECHNOLOGY: Dissidents add three to gear maker’s board

Networking gear maker Emulex Corp. has a new Orange County-based chairman and three directors from outside the area.

Yamaha Motor Taps Local Ad Agencies

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA chose two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.